PCS were advised in February 2017 that HMCTS intended to launch a number of flexible operating hours’ pilots in Crown Courts, Magistrates’ Courts and the Civil and Family Courts commencing in May 2017 and lasting for approximately 6 months. Commencement of the pilots was put on hold pending the outcome of the general election. We understand that HMCTS are seeking to start pilots shortly.
Pilot locations have been identified in London (Blackfriars Crown Court, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court and Brentford County Court) and the North East (Newcastle Crown Court, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court and Manchester Civil Justice Centre.
Payday protests planned across Ministry of Justice, Home Office and HM Revenue and Customs for 31 August against pay imposition.
Our ground breaking agreement has now been issued as Notice to Staff (NTS) 19/2017 and is readily accessible on the HMPPS Intranet.
PCS along with national trade union side colleagues met with HR policy leads for this quarterly HR Whitley meeting (these are regular formal consultative meetings between workers and employers).
Today (1 August) HMCTS has announced after much delay that the CEO functions will be put up for tender. This includes being offered for sale to private bailiff companies.